It’s going to be an interesting coming four years, to say the least.
According to The Huffington Post, three professors, two from Harvard and another from UC-San Francisco, tell the president in a letter dated November 29 that they have a “grave concern regarding the mental stability of our President-Elect.”
“Professional standards do not permit us to venture a diagnosis for a public figure whom we have not evaluated personally,” they write. “Nevertheless, his widely reported symptoms of mental instability — including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality — lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office.”
The profs — Judith Herman, Nanette Gartrell, and Dee Mosbacher — “strongly recommend” Mr. Trump get a “full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation” before assuming his duties as president.
If someone does have “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” they can, indeed, wake up, see a Tweet or a news report from a foreign leader criticizing him, mocking him, calling him “weak” or threatening his ego in any way and order some kind of impulsive, vindictive, punishing, immediate response that could include an unhinged order to attack that foreign leader or foreign country with military force, even including the authorization of nuclear weapons.
It is extremely likely that there would be some kind of impulsive, angry diplomatic response. …
The President of The United State and Commander in Chief is the only American who has ANY say over the mobilization of The United States Military, the authorization of a military strike on a perceived or real enemy and the launch of any and all of the weapons possessed by The United States Military, including 7,000 nuclear warheads.
There is no “Fail Safe”. There is no “Team”. There is no thoughtful review.
The National Security Advisor, The Secretary of Defense, The Secretary of State, The Joint Chiefs of State and every General in the military can all emphatically say “NO!” but if The Commander in Chief wants to initiate military and even nuclear action, NO ONE can stop him. American law does not allow a military officer to make those decisions.
Only a civilian, The President, elected by The American People can access the nuclear codes. Only that President can use the nuclear codes.
And if he does, the military is duty bound to follow his order.
Ironically, if you check out the American Psychiatric Association’s nine criteria for “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” (in the article), our current president could arguably qualify … given that one only need exhibit 5 of the 9 to have “a confirmed diagnosis.”
— Has a grandiose sense of self-importance
— Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
— Believe that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with other special or high-status people (or institutions)
— Requires excessive admiration
— Has a sense of entitlement
— Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
— Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes